BY | July 2, 2013

It is a real transformer device. Samsung Ativ Q US release date is still unclear, but its price in Germany is expected to be around €1,599

There are many ways that Samsung and Apple are polar opposites. Apple believes in making one of each kind (or two in the case of iPad) with a single price point, Samsung believes in releasing products at all shapes and sizes and price points. Apple believes in design, Samsung in cramming the best specs, Apple believes in polished and few apps, Samsung believes in throwing the kitchen sink. Apple believes that the time for hybrid devices has not come, and Samsung is going all out to go hybrid.

Its latest attempt in this direction is the Ativ Q, and going by the first look, this one might be a winner. The Ativ Q is a hybrid tablet, laptop. While it runs Windows 8 in the laptop mode, in the tablet mode it runs android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The whole apparatus has a i5 Haswell processor inside, and an insanely high res display which runs to 3200×1800 pixels. Apart from these distinguishing features, the hybrid part of the Q has really been done quite well. You can easily transfer apps from Android and pin it on the Windows 8 desktop, you can transfer files, photos and music. The amalgamation of the two OSes is seamless.

There are design niceties too. The processor is housed, of all places, in the hinge so that the heat can dissipate more easily. The same hinge provides for four standard positions in which the laptop can be used. Apart from the two tablet and laptop modes, there are also the floating mode, in which the display is  set at parallel to the keyboard held over it ‘floating’ by the hinge while you type underneath. You can also flip the screen to the other side to let the person on the other side take a look at the cute pic of a baby panda, or the latest video on the Vine.

The Ativ Q eschews the trackpad, probably because of space consideration, but there is a mouse nub. Since this is a touchscreen device the users should not feel too bad about the omission.

The whole package is housed 13.3 inch device which is just .55 inch thick which is just 2.84 pounds heavy.

The Ativ Q is set for release in Q3 of this year.

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